To encourage the informed and active participation of people in our government, regardless of party affiliation, and to increase understanding of policy issues that will impact our lives and our communities.
The fashion in which we interpret this directive and the model we have adopted to put those ideals into action makes us somewhat unique among Leagues in this nation.
Our program is particularly dedicated to voter education and civic engagement. We do not advocate. In other words, we are passionate about people understanding the issues and the candidates for whom they are being asked to vote. But we interpret non-partisan as meaning we do not pick sides. The Board of our organization and indeed our membership consists of Democrats, Republicans, Progressives and Conservatives, Independence Party members and Independents.
We can debate issues vigorously but when it comes to running this League, we check our views at the door and work together to illuminate the issues, to engage our youth and make sure candidates for public office have a fair and even playing field from which to present themselves and their views to the community.
When our League identifies issues of vital public concern but we believe it is not well understood and in need of discussion, we seek out the most credible experts we can find from as broad an array of perspectives as possible to present and discuss. This year, both issue forums we sponsored were adopted as models and emulated by other Leagues across the state.
We are convinced that it is the inclusive nature of our approach that is enabling us to buck the national trends and grow steadily for the past five years. It infuses a sense of relevance and an excitement to the activities of the group. It certainly makes it fun and rewarding.
It is the diversity of views, perspectives and the stew made possible by contributions from a wide range of members that has created the relevant, exciting and vital organization that this little League of Women Voters–Rye, Rye Brook & Port Chester has become.